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Rhodes Park horror: another man held

 

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Johannesburg – A second person has been arrested in connection with the Rhodes Park horror incident where two men were killed after being drowned and one of the wives raped.

The 22-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday in Yeoville and is expected to make his first appearance at the Joburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning.

He is believed to be part of a 12-man gang that attacked two couples. The men were killed and one of the women raped.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini of the provincial police said the man faces charges of murder and rape.

This arrest comes a week after the arrest of Zimbabwean Thabo Nkala two weeks ago. Nkala has allegedly confessed to his role in the matter.

He was also taken to the scene of the crime where he allegedly did the pointing out under the watchful eye of the police.

His court case was postponed so that it could be determined if he was in South Africa legally.

Nkala and his co-perpetrators allegedly attacked Zukisa Kela and Sizwe Tyeke who were walking in the park with their partners.

Kela and Tyeke were stripped, beaten and their hands were tied with their own clothes before being thrown into the dam where they drowned.

One of the 12 men raped Kela’s wife, Jabu Mbatha, while another man sexually assaulted Tyeke’s wife.

The group of men is believed to have escaped using a drain at the park.

Dlamini said the hunt was still on for the other 10 men.

November 12 2015 at 09:36am
By BOTHO MOLOSANKWE

Cop shot while patrolling Joburg highway

By Genevieve Quintal, News24COP

Johannesburg – A female sergeant was shot and wounded when the occupants of a BMW opened fire on police patrolling the Golden Highway in Johannesburg on Monday.

“Members of the flying squad were patrolling on the Golden Highway when they saw a suspicious vehicle,” Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

“When they tried to stop the vehicle, the occupants just opened fire at the police officers.”

There were three police officers in the car. The female officer, who was shot in the upper body, was sitting in the back seat, said Dlamini.

She was rushed to hospital.

The other two officers were not hurt.

Dlamini said the BMW was found abandoned in Thokoza Park, Soweto.

The suspects were still at large.

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Task team to track down cop killers

November 5 2015 at 06:00pm

By Molaole Montsho

Rustenburg – A task team has been established to investigate the murder of a policeman shot and killed in Bapong near Brits, North West acting provincial 1308735671commissioner Major General Jacob Tsumane said on Thursday.

“I have established a team lead by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), to probe this case. The team will not rest until those who are responsible are brought to book,” he said during his visit to the family of Constable Johannes Mokotedi.

The 36-year-old Mokotedi was gunned down when armed gunmen fired at him at the YaRona mall on Wednesday afternoon. The group had just robbed a clothing shop in the mall before they saw Mokotedi in a marked police van with some of his colleagues.

Two of the men fired several shots in the direction of the police, hitting Mokotedi in head. He died instantly. The robbers then sped off.

Tsumane condemned the incident and conveyed his condolences to the family.

“We will ensure that the surviving members receive the necessary support,” said Tsumane.

“No arrest has been made. We are following positive leads,” said North West police spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko.

He said Mokotedi was the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty in the North West province this year. He is survived by his wife and two children, aged 6 and 8.

KZN cops nab four for hijacking

November 4 2015 at 09:02pm
By ANA Reporter                                           Durban – Police in KwaZulu-Natal have arrested four alleged car hijackers after a fire1308735671fight in which one suspect was wounded.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said that on Wednesday at about 9am, members of the police were conducting patrols in the Shallcross area when they heard reports about a hijacked vehicle in the area.

“They immediately proceeded to Burlington Drive where they intercepted the hijacked vehicle, a white Hyundai,”Zwane said. “The suspects fled with the vehicle into St Wendolins, Mariannhill.”

Police radioed for further assistance and police from Malvern responded and intercepted the hijacked vehicle on Ukuthuna Road, St Wendolins.

“The suspects fired at police and police retaliated. The suspects crashed the hijacked vehicle and fled into a nearby house. One suspect sustained a gunshot wound to the leg.

“Police K9 rendered assistance at the scene and a further three suspects were arrested, aged between 20 and 25 years. Three suspects were taken to a local hospital for treatment and one suspect detained at SAPS Chatsworth.”

Police also seized cartons of cigarettes with an estimated value of R60,000 in the white Hyundai while one Glock pistol was also recovered at the scene and seized by the police.

“Upon further investigation, police established that a vehicle, a VW Caddy, belonging to British American Tobacco Company was hijacked by the suspects on Burlington Road, Shallcross. It is alleged that the suspects transferred the cigarettes from the VW Caddy into the white Hyundai.

“Investigations revealed that the white Hyundai was taken in a carjacking during October 2015 in the Chatsworth policing precinct.”

The VW Caddy was later found abandoned at Balington.

One of the suspects, a 22-year-old, had previously been arrested for carjacking. Two weeks ago, the suspect had been released on bail by the Umzinto Magistrates’ Court.

Zwane said three suspects were under hospital guard. They would appear in the Chatsworth Magistrates’ Court soon.

“The swift reaction of the vigilant members and the arrest of the suspects is commended. The recovered firearm will be taken to ballistics to determine if it was used in any commission of crime in the country,” said KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye.

Senior City Power official bust for cable theft

dd35cables1_554761249According to a city council press statement the official, who wasn’t named, was found in possession of four cable reels.

The statement said, “Working with law enforcement agents, City Power has dealt a fatal blow against cable theft following the arrest of a senior staff member found in possession of cable drum rolls, each valued at approximately R350 000. The official cannot be identified yet until he appears at South Gauteng High Court on charges of cable theft and possession of stolen property.”

It said the Hawks, police and City Power were investigating to establish whether the official was working with any syndicates responsible for the spates of cable theft around Johannesburg.

City Power’s managing director, Sicelo Xulu, said he was encouraged as the breakthrough demonstrated their unwavering commitment to rid the utility of corruption. “No one is above reproach in the fight against corruption and cable theft, including City Power employees,” he said.

Photo: Stock image Police nab a suspected cable thief with electricity cables in his car.

He added that the arrest was after months of painstaking investigation and the breakthrough spared the city’s residents unplanned power cuts and millions in lost revenue. “Cable theft is conservatively estimated to cost the national economy about R5 billion annually, besides the additional costs of replacing damaged infrastructure and equipment which further increased electricity tariffs and prices for ordinary citizens.”

He added that the scourge had forced the industry to lobby government to classify cable theft as an act of economic sabotage. This resulted in government proposing a Criminal Matters Amendment Bill which will impose more stringent sentences on cable thieves.

Xulu appealed to residents to report any cable theft incidents they witnessed to City Power and law enforcement agencies.

Rhodes Park suspect confessed – claim

2485138130November 2 2015 at 09:21am
By Shain Germaner

Johannesburg – A 24-year-old suspect linked to the double murder and rape attack at Rhodes Park appears to have already confessed to his role in the brutal crimes.

Last month, two couples who were visiting the Kensington park were attacked by a group of 12 men.

It’s understood that the group of criminals raped one of the women, tied up the two men and threw them in the nearby lake, forcing their lovers to watch as they drowned.

On Sunday, a man believed to have been arrested for the murders on Friday was seen accompanied by the police in the area.

Shackled around the ankles to prevent him from escaping, The Star observed as a man directed officers towards the opening to the massive drain system that runs beneath the park, and the attached ladder the alleged killer gang had used to climb down into the drain.

This was how the gang allegedly escaped after the crime.

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 A source close to the investigation confirmed that the shackled man seen by The Star apparently pointing out the crime scene was the same man arrested on Friday in connection with the murders.

The man, according to the source, pointed out the crime scene and the entrances to the park that were used on the day, as well as the group’s escape route.

“He has already admitted what he did,” the source told The Star.

Gauteng police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that the man seen by The Star was the one arrested on Friday morning and that he had been taken to the park on Sunday as part of the investigation.

He said the man had been detained in Yeoville for questioning, and that after interviewing him, police had taken a decision to charge him with murder, attempted murder and rape.

He was expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning.

While it’s understood this man could potentially lead investigators to the other suspects, no other arrests were made at the weekend.

“Police are still appealing to anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of the (other) suspects to come forward. Information can be forwarded to Crime Stop on 08600 10111 at all hours,” Dlamini said.

Members of the I Love Kensington Association were elated by the arrest.

The association’s Tony de Munnik said he could confirm that a man was arrested in Yeoville through the co-operation of the local community.

“This is some good news from a very angry community, who are determined to keep our space safe and clean,” he said.

Since the attack, the young woman who was raped has spoken with numerous media publications and broadcasters about what had happened.

According to the woman, two of the men walked past the couples before another 10 men surrounded them from the other side.

The first two, brandishing guns, told the couples to lie on the ground. When they complied, the men began searching them and took their valuables.

It was after this that the attackers then allegedly put their hands under the women’s skirts and sexually assaulted them.

The women were then instructed to take off their clothes, and their breasts were fondled and “searched”, allegedly because the men believed they could be hiding more valuables.

The attackers then allegedly said that because they couldn’t find any money, they would throw the men in the water.

“The one said I mustn’t look at him, and he raped me,” the woman said. – Additional reporting by Anna Cox

ARMED ROBBERS STORM CHILD’S PARTY AT SANDTON FIRE STATION

JOHANNESBURG – Parents who were victims of a robbery at a children’s party at the Sandton Fire Department on Saturday say they believe they were intentionally targeted.

A group of about 35 children and 40 adults were held at gunpoint during the party and jewellery and other valuables were taken from them.

Johannesburg Emergency Services has confirmed the incident and say police are investigating.
Parents say they feel violated that they were targeted while at their most vulnerable. It’s understood the CCTV cameras weren’t working, the perpetrators knew there was a party at the venue, there were no firemen on site and the person manning the call room claimed to not have a panic button, airtime or the police’s phone number.

One man says he tried to call 10111 three times during the incident, but the number went unanswered.

“I saw one of the fathers diving for cover and then I looked up and saw a guy coming towards us with a gun. We just gathered the kids. The guy came and took
earrings from one of the ladies. When I noticed he wasn’t around I took out my phone and tried to phone 10111.”

Johannesburg Emergency Services says it’s reserving its comment on the allegations while police investigations are underway.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

Don’t make yourself a target

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Captain Pinky Tsinyane explained, “Gauteng 10111 receives roughly 10 301 calls in 24 hours, and at the end of the month, the numbers do increase a lot. While 10111 does all it can to ensure complaints are attended to by police, community members are urged to take note that policing is everyone’s responsibility – be vigilant at all times.”

Residents can make communities safer by practicing the following:

  •  Never walk around alone and do not talk to strangers
  •  Be on the lookout for strange cars or people and avoid getting into vehicles of people you do not know
  • Walk in well-lit streets with other people around and in a group, if possible
  •  Make sure your home is secure and become a member of an armed response service. Be sure that you know all the emergency numbers or have them displayed in an accessible area
  •  Always let someone know where you are going and how long you will be gone. But think twice before advertising your impending absence on social media, criminals also have access to Facebook and Twitter
  •  Avoid using congested streets where you cannot even walk properly, that is where you will find criminals pickpocketing
  •  Avoid displaying valuables where criminals can see them.

http://rosebankkillarneygazette.co.za/170475/dont-make-yourself-a-target/

 

‘AN ATTACK ON THE POLICE IS AN ATTACK ON THE NATION’

JOHANNESBURG – As the Hawks probe the murder of one of President Jacob Zuma’s bodyguards, the watchdog says an attack on a police officer is an attack on the nation.

It’s understood 42-year-old sergeant Mzwakhe Magwaza, who was stationed at Nkandla and part of the presidential protection unit, was asleep when a group of men set his house alight yesterday morning before shooting him.

Hawks spokesperson Robert Netshiunda says a man hunt has been launched.

“The killing on one police officer is the killing of the entire service, because we are trying our best to protect the properties of the people and the state of the people. So when one member is killed, it affects the entire police force.”

At least 60 police officers have been killed in the past 12 months alone.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

OFF-DUTY COP SHOT DEAD IN KHAYELITSHA

Lauren Isaacs & Monique Mortlock

CAPE TOWN – An off-duty police officer has been shot and killed in Khayelitsha.

The constable was shot dead in Harare on Tuesday night.

It’s believed robbery was the motive.

The police’s Andre Traut says, “Last night at approximately 8pm, an off-duty police officer aged 37 was shot and killed while he was sitting in his private vehicle on the grounds of a primary school in Harare.”

Meanwhile, Bedfordview police are searching for a gang of men who opened fire on an Ekurhuleni Metro officer on Tuesday.

It’s understood the officer was approached on the corner of Van Buuren and Van der Linde by suspects carrying a nine millimetre pistol and an AK47.

They started shooting, but the officer managed to escape unharmed.

The police’s Mduduzi Nhlabathi says, “As soon as he saw that he was being shot at, he also shot them back. We’re investigating currently, and the motive is unknown.”